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#AceNewsReport – Apr.25: There’s more coverage in Sunday’s newspapers of the fallout from Dominic Cumming’s claims about the conduct of the prime minister.

Newspaper headlines: ‘Cummings dossier fear’ and No 10’s ‘counter-attack’

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Allegations from the prime minister’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings, including claims that Boris Johnson had once had “possibly illegal” plans to get Tory donors to fund the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat, dominate the paper front pages again. The Observer says it understands that Labour is aiming to force a senior minister before Parliament to take questions from MPs over the claims next week. It quotes the government as saying that Mr Johnson himself paid the £58,000 bill for the refurbishment, but adds it is unclear whether he paid directly or received a loan from the party or a donor.

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“No 10 fears Cummings bombshell dossier”, is the headline on the Sunday Telegraph. The paper says MPs have pledged to publish any documents or emails provided by Mr Cummings, adding Downing Street insiders are “increasingly fearful” that the former chief adviser’s internal memos and emails will paint the government in a bad light. Mr Cummings is due to appear before a joint committee of MPs investigating the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis next month.The Mail on Sunday says Downing Street has launched a “savage counter-attack” against Dominic Cummings. The paper reports claims Mr Cummings was behind briefings against the PM’s fiancee – and fears that he is planning to reveal the details of “private remarks” that Mr Johnson is said to have made about the pandemic.”Boris in phone security blunder,” is the headline on the Sunday Mirror, which reports claims that the prime minister will not use an encrypted mobile. It quotes a former No 10 aide as saying this risks national security as well as his own safety.

The Daily Star Sunday also covers the Dominic Cummings allegations – with its front page carrying an illustrations of a nuclear missile launch button, cartoon pictures of the PM and his ex-adviser and the headline: “Oops!”The Sunday Express says Britain is a step closer to the “return of normal life in full” with half the country’s population having had the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. The paper adds that more than 20 scientists are calling for all Covid restrictions, including masks and social distancing, to end on 21 June.The Sunday People leads on an interview with a mum-to-be who saw her partner killed with a crossbow.

The Mail on Sunday says Downing Street has launched a counter-attack against the former chief adviser, claiming his allies within Number 10 were responsible for what the paper calls “nasty and sexist briefings” against Boris Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds.

It also claims Mr Cummings is planning to accuse the PM of being so determined to resist a second lockdown last year that he would have tolerated a large number of deaths. 

The Sunday Telegraph reports the government is growing increasingly worried by what information the former aide may reveal if he hands over a dossier of documents to a parliamentary committee. It quotes a Westminster insider, who claims the disclosure may also damage Chancellor Rishi Sunak by revealing his strong opposition to Covid restrictions being reintroduced. 

The front page of the Daily Star features a cheeky offer to Mr Cummings, saying they’ll pay him £1.25 to tell them everything he knows.

The Observer’s leader says that the plausibility of Mr Cummings’ claims demonstrate how “dishonourable the prime minister has already revealed himself to be”, with the paper’s chief political commentator Andrew Rawnsley predicting that the ongoing questions over the integrity of ministers will eventually prompt “a day of reckoning” at the ballot box.

In the Sunday Express, political commentator Patrick O’Flynn says the public are unlikely to turn on Mr Johnson when his willingness to break rules and govern in an unconventional manner is a major reason why many voted for him in 2019.

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The new head of MI6 – Richard Moore – has told the Sunday Times that he’s taken inspiration from the James Bond movies by officially renaming the head of the secret service’s technical department as Q.

Mr Moore has also revealed that he is attempting to recruit somebody to the the position from outside the organisation for the first time to help to develop partnerships with the private sector to aid the development of new gadgets for spies.

Hollywood security teams will be switching their focus from gatecrashers to hackers ahead of the Oscars tonight, according to the Sunday Telegraph

It reports that the lavish post-ceremony celebrity parties will still be hosted online this year due to the pandemic, with organisers hiring cyber security experts to act as “digital bouncers” to protect those attending from ransomware attacks. 

The paper says tickets to the star studded private events are being sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds, with guests having extravagant gift bags and catering delivered to their homes.

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